Postgraduate study

Tuition fee deposits

Some of our postgraduate taught degree programmes require a non-refundable tuition fee deposit to be paid by applicants to secure their offer of a place.

If a deposit is required, this information will be included in the “Fees and Costs” section of the programme entry of the Degree finder. You will be required to pay the deposit in order to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for an exemption as detailed below.

Tuition fee deposit levels may vary but for full-time programmes will normally be charged at £1,500 for a full Masters programme, £1,000 for a Postgraduate Diploma and £500 for a Postgraduate Certificate.

The deposit will be offset against the tuition fee payable at the start of the academic year.  The deposit is a minimum and you may pay more of your tuition fees in advance if you wish.


The deadline for payment will vary depending on the programme you have applied for and information on this will be included in the offer letter.

Failure to pay the tuition fee deposit by the appropriate deadline may result in your offer being withdrawn. An extension to the deadline can be granted at the discretion of the appropriate College or School.


The full amount of the tuition fee deposit can only be refunded in the following circumstances:

  • If you request a refund of the deposit within 14 days of payment being received by the University of Edinburgh. 
  • The University is unable to provide the academic programme you originally applied for, offered and accepted and you do not want to take up a place on any alternative offered.
  • You fail to meet the conditions of your offer, including any English language qualifications required, and you provide appropriate validating evidence. If you made no attempt to meet the offer conditions no refund would be made.
  • If your UK student visa or ATAS clearance application is refused or rejected, except where refusal is a result of:
    • A fraudulent visa application.
    • Insufficient funds.
    • Supply of incorrect documents.

         In such cases, no refund will be made.

Refund requests must be made in writing to the relevant College or School. If you request a refund of a tuition fee deposit, your application will be automatically withdrawn.

You will need to contact the admissions office if you wish to have your application for the same programme reactivated and will need to re-apply to the University should you wish to be considered for the same programme, or a different programme, in a subsequent year.

If you request a refund of a tuition fee deposit as a result of exceptional circumstances such as serious illness or bereavement, the decision on whether or not a refund can be made will be taken by the relevant College or School on a case by case basis.

Transfer of a tuition fee deposit

If you paid a tuition fee deposit for a postgraduate degree programme at the University of Edinburgh and subsequently wish to accept the offer of a place on a different postgraduate degree programme at the University starting in the same academic year, the tuition fee deposit can be transferred to the new degree programme.


You may request to defer an offer in accordance with the University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Admissions Policy. If this request is agreed before you have paid the tuition fee deposit, the deposit will still be required in order to secure the offer of the deferred place.

If you request to defer an offer of a place after you have paid the tuition fee deposit and we agree to the request, we will retain the deposit against the tuition fees due for the deferred place.

If you request to defer an offer of a place after paying the tuition fee deposit and this is refused, any refund will be at the discretion of the relevant School or College.


You will not be required to pay a tuition fee deposit if:

  • You are sponsored by a University of Edinburgh recognised sponsor or have a full scholarship covering your tuition fees.  You must provide acceptable evidence of this, no later than the deadline by which the deposit would have been due. Details of the evidence required will be provided during the application process. (University recognised sponsors include national governments, corporations or employers, national and international charities and universities, but do not include family members or friends).
  • You are a University of Edinburgh applicant  and have received an undergraduate RUK Bursary/ University of Edinburgh Bursary/University of Edinburgh Scholarship or a Scotland Accommodation Bursary/Scotland Scholarship.

Other deposit policies

A number of colleges and schools operate their own policy for tuition fee deposits.